• Production: Paralite Films, Profile Productions, Transfax Film Productions Ltd.
    Producers: Anat Bikel, Moshe Levinson, Uri Sabag, Marek Rozenbaum
  • Starring: Evelyne Kaplun, Nir Levy, Shmil Ben Ari, Mosko Alkalay, Dalia Friedland, Vladimir Friedman, Israel Damidov, Lana Sachanova, Jenya Fleisher, Evyatar Lazar, Lucy Dubinchik, Valentin Nikulin, Aleksandr Stanilov
  • Written By: Arik Kaplun and Semyon Vinokur
  • Distributed By: First Run Features
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Yana's Friends

Narrative | 1999 | 90 min.
Directed by: Arik Kaplun

This charming, entertaining film, full of warm humor and sentiment, swept the recent Israeli Awards in almost every category. Three parallel sories of love unfold in Israel during the Gulf War with Iraq, as the people retreat into thier homes and shelters to avoid the  lethal scud attacks. Yana, a Russian immigrant abandoned by her husband, is pregnant and in debt, but when she moves into a flat with wedding photographer Eli and the two are forced into a sealed room from the fear of chemical weapons, sparks fly. At the same time, formal and businesslike Rosa finds love, while Alik and his wife learn the meaning of loving commitment and transform each other into better people.

See more about Yana's Friends at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

*Chicago International Film Festival
*Cinemanila International Film Festival  
*Jerusalem Film Festival Paris Film Festival
*Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival
*WorldFest Houston 
*Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Israeli Academy Awards:
*Best Film
*Best Director
*Best Actor
*Best Supporting Actor
*Best Supporting Actress
*Best Screenplay
*Best Editing
*Best Cinematography

Cinemanila International Film Festival:
*Best Actress
*Grand Jury Prize

Jerusalem Film Festival:
*Wolgin Award

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival:
*Award of Ecumenical Jury-Special Mention
*Best Actress
*Crystal Globe

WorldFest Houston:
*Gold Award

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